LCC sponsors Earth Day event focused on protecting the planet

Monday, April 22 was officially Earth Day, which is celebrated in many countries around the world. In Laguna Beach, the open space and education-focused group Laguna Canyon Conservancy (LCC) sponsored an environmental networking event to direct attention on protecting and respecting the planet we all share.

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Panel discussion

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Ray Hiemstra from Orange County Coastkeeper

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Mike Beanan from Laguna Bluebelt Coalition

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Beanan discusses the Bluebelt photo contest which continues through June 22

More than 150 attendees gathered at the Rivian Theater to hear from local concerned groups about their special efforts to carry out this mission. Participants included Tom and Ginger Osborne from Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Ray Hiemstra from Orange County Coastkeeper, Mike Beanan from Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, Rob Lee from Laguna Ocean Foundation, George Weiss and Jeremy Frimond for the City of Laguna Beach’s Climate Action Plan, Laguna Beach High School FLOW Program educators Sarah Benson and Jun Shen with student filmmakers Tessa D’Amico, Keanu Mir-Scaer, Wyatt Degner and Alexander Elyaza, and Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) faculty Dana Herkelrath and Dan Marriner with students Katia Arriaga, Katelyn Hall and Alysha Martinez.

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Large crowd gathered for the event

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Charlotte Masarik

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Presenter from LBHS FLOW program

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(L-R) Patti Oshlund and Dee Perry

Laguna Canyon Conservancy’s history of activism and its accomplishments were shared by founding board member Gene Felder along with a video from the 1989 Walk in the Canyon that led the way to the eventual open space preservation of 22,000 acres surrounding Laguna Beach.

LCC President Gayle Waite moderated the event introducing the speakers each with their fascinating videos, slide shows and pertinent data to a captivated audience. The venue space was generously donated by the Rivian company and the program flowed smoothly thanks to their event group headed by Jennifer Ayala, Ben Burnett and Tom Yim. Both Rivian and Laguna Canyon Conservancy had the same goal to remind everyone to take part in protecting this earth and all the life it supports by making everyday Earth Day!

For more information about LCC, go to www.lagunacanyonconservancy.org/.


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